“Les Pengouins de Madagascar” has my heart, even after all this time

Let’s face it, it’s been a very trying time. For Gen Zennials like me, our situation is often bleak in general. So, as much as I appreciate the intensity and the social commentary of “Squid Game” and company, it is “Penguins de Madagascar” that is close to my heart, even after all this time.

We first saw the iconic quartet – Skipper (Tom McGrath, “The Boss Baby 2: Family Business”), Private (Christopher Knights, “Penguins of Madagascar: the Movie”), Rico (Conrad Vernon, “Donkey’s Caroling Christmas -tacular “and John DiMaggio,” Inside Job “) and Kowalski (Chris Miller,” Puss in Boots: The Last Wish “) – which inspired the spinoff from the 2005 Dreamworks animated feature” Madagascar “. Skipper delivered what is arguably the line the franchise remembers the most: “Just smile and wave boys, smile and wave.” From that point on, these sane Seal Team 6 aspirants established themselves as # 1 in the field and # 1 in my heart, and certainly deserved their own show – one that was humorously written when so many ’emissions today are also taken. seriously.

They are, quite simply, the perfect group. You have Skipper, the boss; Kowalski, the intelligent one; Private, the sensitive, and of course, Rico, the explosive. Something for everyone! They’re not trying to root out international terrorism, they’re trying to get popcorn – and I like it that way. It’s nice to take a break from the death and destruction while being lost in the feats of the penguins, which are especially fun because they believe their missions and enemies are just as serious. At the first sign of trouble, they get into position as dramatic music plays and raise their fins into fighting position.

Their battles with Alice (Mary Scheer, “iCarly”) bring me special joy. Zookeeper Alice is the Karen who puts an end to all Karen people. She doesn’t just want to talk to the manager, she demands it. As the cast identifies in the first episode, for every Alice you destroy, more come in her place. In real life, you have to play nicely with Zookeeper Alice. In this magical escape, the penguins play to win it and outsmart it at every turn. She distrusts them from day one, forcing the penguins to go to great lengths to distract her attention and ensure their secrets don’t become public. When Private accidentally becomes an internet star due to the zoo’s newly installed webcams, there are eyes on the Penguin HQ at all times. Fortunately, Alice becomes the next sensation overnight when the camera turns to her as she swings her hips at whatever is playing on her iPod.

Penguins aren’t just highly skilled operatives hardened by their heart-wrenching missions gone awry. The show is full of sweeter moments, such as their protection over an egg that Marlene (Nicole Sullivan, “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series”) finds and places under their care, though they each have quite different plans. for its development. . The egg ultimately belongs to a mother duck, but they still have room in their family for the little duckling. The elite force is deeply pure, with kindness in its heart, as much as it attempts to highlight its status as “skilled professionals”.

Not to mention their rivalry with King Julian (Danny Jacobs, “All Hail King Julien”) – semi-affectionately nicknamed “Ringtail” – and the lemurs. We all see ourselves in Maurice (Cédric the Animator, “The Quarter”) these days (read: exhausted), and although Julien is annoying, the show doesn’t try to pass him off as acceptable – we do see them. penguins lose their heads over their noisy and inconsiderate neighbors, just like we do with our own. At one point, the ambitious penguins literally attempt to vacation on the moon via what appears to be an oversized trash can armed with flares to escape the lemurs – if only so. Either way, when Julien is in danger, Skipper and the boys do whatever they can to save him.

Of course, no show is without failures. I think it’s my job as a journalist to acknowledge the work as a whole, so I mention the racist nature of the gorilla characters at the zoo and the foot fetish of Death (Andy Richter, “Elf”), which are, to say the least, not cool. Still, “Penguins” is there for you when you need it most. “Bring me your fatigue, your weary,” he said. “If only for 20 minutes, I will banish the darkness.”

Emmy Snyder, Editor-in-Chief of TV Beat, can be reached at [email protected]

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